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Continuing education for ministry leaders
Weekly Lessons, created and written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA, give you a basic legal overview of essential topics based on staff or volunteer positions within a church.

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Preparing Form 1099s

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Employee or Self-Employed

This Week's LessonWeek of January 13

Preparing W-2s


A church has two full-time pastors and three full-time lay employees. It also has two part-time custodians. Which of these workers should be issued a W-2 form by the church?

Our lesson this week examines the topic of preparing W-2s. The Executive Summary provides a concise review of the key points. Before we get started, test your knowledge by completing the following quiz.

Weekly Quiz

Instructions Click on the correct answer for each of the following questions.

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Executive Summary

Church treasurers must issue a Form W-2 to every employee each year, reporting compensation paid and taxes withheld. In this week's lesson, we will review this important reporting requirement.

Weekly Lesson


Employers (including churches) must issue a Form W-2 for wages paid to each employee from whom income, Social Security, or Medicare taxes were withheld, or from whom income ...

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